Memory, Mostly Self by Wayson R. Jones

The Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center will display a unique series of acrylic portrait paintings by artist Wayson R. Jones. The show, Memory, Mostly Self, will be on display in the gallery from June 9 to July 30 with an opening reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Jones has used old snapshots of himself as a child to influence previous work. For Memory, Mostly Self, he wanted to combine the energy of his childhood image with archetypal images from popular magazines Ebony and Jet.

Cool Hat, powdered graphite, acrylic medium, gesso on paper, 14” x 17″

Theme & Variations by Sally Canzoneri

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will open its second show of the 2017 season on March 3 with the collection Theme & Variations by artist Sally Canzoneri. The art show will be on display through April 13 with an artist’s reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Old Street Suite, 6.25″ x 6.25″ x 1″, sculptural artist book

2017 Exhibition Roster for Schlesinger Arts Center Galleries

Thank you to all the incredible artists that submitted for the 2017 calendar year. We are excited by the excellence of working artists in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland region.  Our creative community is vibrant!.

Below is Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center – Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus list of exhibiting artists for the 2017 calendar year. The exhibition schedule will be forthcoming. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.

2017 Roster of Visual Artists for the Schlesinger Arts Center

Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery

Winston Harris
Wilfredo Valladares
Nahid Navab and Nasrin Navad
Kyujin Lee
Annie Farrar
Wayson Jones
Sally Canzoneri

Forum Gallery

Winston Harris
Cheryl Edwards

Forum and Passage Gallery

Maremi Andreozzi
Amelia Hankin
Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva & Sarah O’Donoghue

Passage Gallery

Emily Shepardson
Lina Alattar
Katherine Akey
Lisa Rosenstein
Lonnie Paul

Site Specific Installation

John M. Adams
Susan Hostetler

Defining Spaces: April 29, 2016 – June 5, 2016

Small Collective: Megan Leary | James M. Locke | Russell Creger Barajas

Russell Creger Barajas, Rebecca Up at the Pool , Inkjet print , 42”x42”
Russell Creger Barajas, Rebecca Up at the Pool , Inkjet print , 42”x42”
Megan Leary, White Dress, inkjet, 44” x 34”
Megan Leary, White Dress, inkjet, 44” x 34”
James M Locke, OUTLIER BARN with MILK CAN, platinum photograph, 12”X 15.5”
James M Locke, OUTLIER BARN with MILK CAN, platinum photograph, 12”X 15.5”

These photographs were all shot on large or medium format film, but the printing processes range from the hand-applied emulsion of platinum prints, to silver gelatin, to archival inkjet. Each of the three Small Collective artists has explored the spaces that tell our stories, those surroundings that define us. These are sometimes physical, sometimes emotional – evoking past and present, and the murky areas in between.

Small Collective is new. We share a common passion for analogue photography, and its continued artistic importance and vibrancy. Having met at the campus of NOVA Alexandria, we named our group after photography professor Joe Small, who brought us together and encouraged us to learn from each other in a communal atmosphere

2016 Fisher Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Storytelling/Global Narratives: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016
Selected Works by Regional Artists: Curated by Matt Pinney and Nikki Brugnoli
Friday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, March 13
Reception: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12

Dear Suburbia: Mixed Media Works by Jessica Kallista
Friday, March 18 – Sunday, April 24
Reception: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18

Defining Spaces: Photography by James M. Locke, Megan Leary, Russe, Creger Bararjas
Curated by Aya Takashima
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, June 5
Reception: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30

Selected Mixed Media Works by Mark Howe
Friday, June 10 – Sunday, July 24
Reception: TBA

Evoluer: Drawing and Painting by Tanya Ziniewicz
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, Sept. 11
Reception: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Physical/Ephermal: Mixed Media Works by Casey Snyder
Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 30
Reception: TBA

Ceramics and Sculpture by Jessica Gardner
Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 18
Reception: TBA

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016

Photo Credit: Matt Pinney, A Day at Sea, oil on canvas, 2016, 60" x 48"
Photo Credit: Matt Pinney, A Day at Sea, oil on canvas, 2016, 60″ x 48″

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College begins the 2016 exhibition season with the group visual art exhibit, Global Narratives – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, March 13, with an artists’ reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

The arts are ambassadors for culture. It is in the food, the art and especially the stories that one can gain insight and affinity toward a place, whether remembered, forgotten, actual or constructed. The arts can translate entire cultures and histories on the shoulders of stories, oral or written, and it is through the telling of stories that information can be shared and passed from one generation to another.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery announces the exhibit: “Storytelling/Global Narratives” of regional artists co-curated by Matt Pinney and Nikki Brugnoli-Whipkey. “Storytelling/Global Narratives” is part of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 ­– a book, arts and cultural festival planned for January through March throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibits, programs and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard.

The Northern Virginia Community College ambassador and Manassas Campus Assistant Arts Professor Pinney says of the festival, “I became involved with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 because of my love for the lands and cultures of people from all over the world. We rely on the accessibility of storytelling to bridge the incomprehensible gaps, biases and differences that seek to keep us apart. The bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad in 2007 represents the worst kind of repression, one that attempts to destroy our common humanity and set us apart.

“It is through AMSSH DC 2016’s programming that the unique voices of all the people whose right to express themselves has been curtailed can stand on a larger stage, with a louder microphone, and speak.”

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, and is named for local artist Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her late husband, Joseph Fisher. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances. For more information about the cultural festival visit Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016.

For more on upcoming 2016 shows at the Schlesinger and Fisher Galleries, go here.